Learning From the The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit

Learning From the The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit

Taking a break from our “regularly scheduled programming,” yesterday I got hooked watching the live twitter stream of the London Financial Times’ Business of Luxury Summit, now in its eighth year, being held at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort in Marrakech. The theme of the conference is much of what I think and write about here: “The Lifestyle Revolution,” specifically, exploring the increased intermingling of luxury and lifestyle. Luxury means many things to many people, and while not every company represented at the summit could be considered luxury (think Apple or Martha Stewart), it’s their unique “lifestyle” branding, applicable to the luxury sector, that I believe warranted their inclusion.…

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Sprucing up a Summer Space

Sprucing up a Summer Space

Now that Memorial Day has officially passed, many will be making the weekly Friday night trek to weekend homes and seasonal rentals. Summer is the time to entertain with ease and having a place looking casually chic is the name of the game. I had planned on doing a post about ways to personalize summer spaces but happily, the theme of this month’s House Beautiful is “Quick Changes” and is chock full of appealing ideas. Of course if you’re renting, don’t forget to check first with your landlord to find out what is allowed.

The piece on Ken Fulk‘s charming Provincetown house includes 5 handy ideas to “create a sense of time and place.” The first suggestion is to paint an accent wall as he did so effectively above.…

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Bringing it Home from Blogfest

Bringing it Home from Blogfest

What a wild style ride the last few weeks have been. While there is much to report, there are a few touch points to quickly share from the latest design event I attended, Blogfest. The most important concepts are usually the simplest but executing them well is what separates the good from the exceptional.

Details are key. While this certainly isn’t new news, seeing and hearing it from the experts helps to emphasize the point. At our breakfast at the impressive Hearst Tower, every table was graced with beautiful peony arrangements. It set the tone for the day and brightened everyone’s mood on such a dreary morning.…

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Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned

Sometimes even the best of intentions just aren’t quite enough. While I had of course planned to post on Friday, the past few weeks of design events left me with a photo file full of inspiration but no energy to organize it. So while I attend a Memorial Day weekend graduation, I am leaving you with a little visual inspiration from the showhouse at Kips Bay. See you on Monday and wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Kicking off Design Week at Wanted

Kicking off Design Week at Wanted


Did you know it is Design Week in New York City? Well it may be a bit under the public radar, but this week surrounding the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which opened last weekend, is turning out to be a blockbuster. So many exciting events have cropped up all over the city it is a veritable feast of contemporary design destinations. In fact it was becoming so overwhelming that the Cooper Hewitt Museum stepped up to the plate and created a calendar consolidating everything in one easy to navigate place. Caroline Baumann, associate director of the museum explained “Designers, architects, city officials and media have all worked together to build Design Week NYC and raise awareness of the inspiring projects and events taking place all around the city.”

Kicking off the official week long celebration, was Wanted Design.…

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Living Gilt Home

Living Gilt Home

Tom Delavan, the talented designer and Creative Director of Gilt Home, opened up his beautiful Greenwich Village townhouse recently to showcase some soon-to-be -featured Gilt products.

I wish I had better photos of his dramatic entrance painted in high gloss white enamel – it is stunning! With enticing food and beverages from Gilt Taste, two rooms were cleverly transformed to reflect the Gilt Home sales this coming week.

The front room, overlooking a charming West Village street, featured bright pops of color that will be part of the Summery Brights sale.

The handsome back room was perfectly prepped for the Man Cave Essentials Sale.…

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Kips Bay – Charles Pavarini, Chairman of the Designer Committee

Kips Bay – Charles Pavarini, Chairman of the Designer Committee

Tuesday evening I attended the opening of the 2012 Kips Bay Showhouse. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic event and with Bunny Williams and Charles Pavarini at the helm, the designers pulled out all the stops. It’s a blockbuster round up of talent resulting in a showhouse that is a marvelous example of design excellence.

I had the opportunity to interview Charles, who is this year’s Chairman of the Designer Committee, for Interior Connector, a favorite online source for the best in luxury home furnishings.

So pop over to read the kick off Kips Bay interview (more to come) and “hear” this design luminary’s thoughts on the show house, his design and the state of the industry!!…

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New York D&D Building 2012 Spring Market

New York D&D Building 2012 Spring Market

I am delighted to announce that I will be reporting today from the D&D Building in NYC for Spring Market. Along with twenty other design and lifestyle bloggers, I will be tweeting live from all the fabulous events that the D&D has lined up.

The day kicks off with keynote speaker WSJ Magazine editor-in-chief and author Deborah Needleman discussing design and her latest title The Perfectly Imperfect Home.

Throughout the day, showrooms will be introducing new collections and featuring designers and experts in the field. Editors-in-chief from local upscale publications Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces and Interiors will all be leading discussions on various topics at Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, Maya Romanoff and Lewis Mittman.…

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Holland & Sherry Bespoke

Holland & Sherry Bespoke

On a popular street in NYC’s hip Nolita neighborhood, in the most beautiful building on the block, the chicest new lifestyle brand in the city has been born. If you are a fan of elegant fine fabrics, classic enduring design tweaked for modern living, carefully curated collections of the excellent and eccentric, then be sure to put the new Holland & Sherry Bespoke shop at 209 Elizabeth Street on your must-visit list. A wonderful hidden gem, it’s a Narnia-like experience as you walk through the spacious Elizabeth Street Gallery to the fantastic entrance of the shop.

In a fabulous space by architect Eric Hilton, who also designed all the Holland & Sherry showrooms, is an emporium teeming with temptation.…

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My Amazing Mother

My Amazing Mother

My mother was truly exceptional, but growing up, it somehow seemed normal that we had couture quality Easter coats she made us every year or that my sister and her dolls always had matching outfits or that she could accurately sketch portraits of the children at our summer club in under a minute or even that her hair was in a perfect French twist secured by a million bobbie pins by the time I came down to breakfast every morning. In an age long before blogs, Martha Stewart or Project Runway, my mother’s creative energy knew no bounds.

A talented artist, who had a long career in various incarnations, her work surrounded us.…

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